I headed out to the Victorian Goldfields last week, not to look for gold for I was 160 years too late for that, but to visit grades four, five and six students from Maryborough Education Centre. The kids from MEC hung out with me at the Maryborough Library and listened as I told sob stories about my childhood (my primary school crushes were never fulfilled) and explained how I turned my sob stories into a novel (turns out misery makes for good stories).
They were an enthusiastic bunch of kids who treated me very well and were keen to do some quick group writing too. Together we came up with a couple of short stories involving giant tacos, football and luuurve! You can check them out below. And to the kids, librarians and teachers of Maryborough — thanks for having me! *waves from Melbourne*